Leisure listings: July 17-July 23

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Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where from Wednesday July 17 to Tuesday July 23 – feel free to add events by using the comment function below.



Saturday July 20: National Theatre live screening of Manchester International Festival’s production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church. Showing in the Second Space at 8.30pm, tickets cost £14.85p. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Summer ceilidh

Saturday July 20: The annual fundraising hoe down is back with Amber Willow returning with some fantastic ceilidh music. See picture story in leisure for full details.


H.M.S. Pinafore

Today, Wednesday July 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19: ‘Opera for All’ presented by St Mary’s Church and Aylesbury Music Centre Community Project. Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular comic opera is performed in the church from 7.30pm. Tickets adults £6, under 16s free, available from the church 01296 437641.

Storytime & craft

Thursday July 18: Take the children to Aylesbury library for a great story and free craft activity. 10-11am.

Classical music

Thursday July 18: TAKE2 (Andrea Pfenniger soprano and Adrian Boorman countertenor with Jonathan French on piano present Mr Handel’s Heroes and Heroines. An exciting pairing of soprano and countertenor voices, this experienced duo present a varied and entertaining hour of opera and oratorio scenes, painting vivid pictures of besotted lovers, battle-scarred heroes and feisty heroines. Admission £3, includes an all-colour programme. Starts 12.45pm.

Historic play

Friday July 19: A new musical about the Tolpuddle Martyrs is premiered in Aylesbury prior to the Edinburgh Fringe. Written and directed by Tring husband and wife team Neil Gore and Louise Townsend the play, We Will Be Free, is set in 1834. It tells the extraordinary true story of George and Betsy Loveless. He was a Methodist preacher and the leader of the six Dorset farm labourers who were tried, convicted and condemned by the government of the day for having the temerity to swear a secret oath and form a union to fight against a succession of wage cuts inflicted by the local landowner. The play is on at the Railway Club. Tickets cost £8, with £5 for concessions and can be purchased from 07789 915221, 01296 565567 or stephenbell1936@btinternet.com


Films showing from Friday July 19 to Thursday July 25.

Despicable Me 2 (U) Digital 3D: Fri 1.30pm 3.45pm; Sat 10.45am 1.30pm 3.45pm; Sun 1.30pm 1.45pm;

Mon 1.30pm 3.45pm; Tue 2.45pm 5pm; Wed 1.30pm 3.45pm; Thu 11.45am 6pm Audio Description Available

Despicable Me 2 (U): Fri 2.15pm 4.50pm 7.30pm; Sat-Sun 11.40am 2.15pm 4.50pm 7.30pmMon 2.15pm 4.50pm 7.30pm; Tue 2.15pm 4.50pm; Wed 2.15pm 4.50pm 7.30pm; Thu 11.40am 1.30pm 3.45pm Audio Description Available

Monsters University (U) Digital 3D: Fri 12.45pm 3.30pm 6.15pm; Sat-Sun 10am 12.45pm 3.30pm 6.15pm; Mon-Wed 12.45pm 3.30pm 6.15pm; Thu 1pm 3.30pm Audio Description Available

Monsters University (U): Fri 2.30pm 5.15pm 7.45pm; Sat-Sun 11.15am 2.30pm 5.15pm 7.45pm; Mon 2.30pmS 5.15pm 7.45pm; Tue 2.30pm 3.15pmS 7.45pm; Wed 2.30pm 5.15pm 7.45pm; Thu 11.15am 2.30pm 5.15pm 7.45pmS Audio Description Available

Pacific Rim (12A) Digital 3D: Fri-Wed 2.40pm 8.45pm; Thu 8.45pm Audio Description Available

Pacific Rim (12A): Fri-Thu 6pm Audio Description Available

NT LIVE. The Audience (PG): Tue 7.30pm

Now You See Me (12A): Fri-Mon 6pm 8.30pm; Tue 7.30pm; Wed 6pm 8.30pm; Thu 8.30pm Audio Description Available

The Wolverine (12A) Digital 3D: Thu 12.20pm 3pm 6pm 9pm Audio DescriptionAvailable

The Wolverine (12A): Thu 2pm 5pm 8pm Audio Description Available

The World’s End (15): Fri-Wed 12.20pm 3.15pm 5.40pm 8.15pm 9.15pm; Thu 12.20pm 3.15pm 5.40pm 8.15pm Audio Description Available

The Lorax (U): Sat-Sun 11am Odeon Kids. Tickets Just £2.50

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (U): Wed 11am Senior Screen. Tickets Just £3.50

Monsters University (U): Sun 11am Audio Description Available Autsim Friendly screening



Until October 6: Paintings of Hartwell House gardens captured by Balthasar Nebot in 1738.


Live music

Tonight, Wednesday July 17, Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Sunday 20: Music events hosted each week by The Green Man pub in Aylesbury are a great place to meet other musicians and like minded people. Wednesday open mic/jam night from 8.30pm. Hosted by Jimmy Price, anyone is welcome to join in. The atmosphere is always friendly and all musicians are welcome. New blues bands are always wanted to play at blues night on Thursdays from 8.30pm and past bands include the Phoenix Blues Band, Nick Bennett & Friends and The Flyers. On Friday and Saturday nights acoustic gigs start from 9pm.

Live music

Thursday July 18 through to Saturday 20: At the Shoot Pole every Thursday 9pm-1am jam night; every Friday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands; every Saturday 7-10pm new original artists and 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.


Saturday July 20: Formed in 1983 and having had only a small line-up change in 30 years, the very popular five piece band Streetlife perform at Rivets Sports and Social Club, Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury at 8.45pm. Guest tickets for this event £5 per head.


Great Missenden

Thursday July 18: The garden of the late Roald Dahl’s home at Gipsy House, Whitefield Lane, is open to the public 2-5pm. York stone terrace, pleached lime walk, with hostas, hellebore and allium. Sunken garden, water feature, sundial garden, topiary oaks, herbaceous perennials, assorted roses. Walled vegetable garden, espalier fruits, herbs, greenhouse with vine, peaches and nectarines. Yew garden with roses and perennials. Wild flower meadow, gypsy caravan. Steps in all parts of the garden. Home made teas. Admission £4, children free.


Sunday July 21: The 15th Chenies Manor plant and garden fair is open from 10am-5pm. A wide range of plants will be on offer from specialist nurseries, as well as carefully selected garden accessories. There will also be a display of medicinal and culinary herbs, refreshments from the Barn Brasserie and mellow music provided by the Damian Consort. Entrance to the fair and garden £8, children half price. Ample free car parking. The historic house, reputedly haunted by Henry VIII will be open in the afternoon from 2pm, entrance £4. Further information at www.cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk


Garden party

Sunday July 21: Magic, comedy and music at Aylesbury Rugby Club in Weston Turville with a pig roast and Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio’s Dez Kaye. The garden party is being held to raise funds for Jigsaw Theatre Company, a registered charity based at Queens Park Centre which encourages local disabled people to take part in the performing arts. 12.30-7.30pm.

Further details from Mike English 07958 604835.



Today, Wednesday July 17 until Saturday 20: In the final few days of the festival there is no letting up and the laughs are still coming thick and fast. All acts listed here perform at the Court Theatre, Pendley, all tickets are £15 and all shows start at 8pm. Buy online at www.tringefestival.co.uk and see full details of all performers. Wednesday, Terry Alderton and Joe Lycett; Thursday Late Night Gimp Fight and Howard Read; Friday Josh Widdicombe and Abandoman; Saturday Ed Byrne and Charlie Baker.


Quiz night

Saturday July 20: A general knowledge quiz whilst travelling on board a diesel hauled train, the Watlington Flyer. Fish and chip supper included in the evening. Starts 7pm. To book and for more details call 07979 055366.

Peppa Pig

Loveable Peppa Pig and her little brother George are paying a visit to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton this weekend (Saturday July 20 and Sunday 21). Peppa loves fairies, dressing up and jumping in muddy puddles! She will be alternating with George as they make appearances throughout both days in an enclosure opposite the visitor centre. Peppa Pig merchandise will be on sale in the gift shop. Other attractions will include free steam rides, miniature railway rides (for which there is a small charge) and free face painting. To book tickets and for further details call 01296 655720, 01296 655540 or visit www.bucksrailcentre.org


Local food heroes

Saturday July 20: Dine at night and enjoy a four course dinner inspired by local food heroes. 7.30pm in the manor restaurant. £38.50 per person includes a glass of champagne. Dress code, lounge suit. Book on 01296 653226.

Wine tasting

Sunday July 21: Summer whites and roses in the wine cellars. An informal tasting of eight summer wines from various Rothschild estates. £18 (includes gardens admission). Book on 01296 653226.


High School Musical

Tuesday July 23 until Saturday 27: Tring Festival Company presents Disney’s High School Musical JR, based on the opening film of the iconic trilogy. The show follows the exploits of the pupils and the ups and downs of life at East High. The catchy music features classics including Breaking Free and We’re All in This Together. Join in the fun and watch more than 80 local talented children having the time of their lives. Tickets £6-£13. Curtain up 7.30pm (Saturday July 27 matinee 2.30pm). Book online www.courttheatre.co.uk


Hometown Hero

Friday July 19: Featuring local comedian Matt Richardson doing a preview of the national tour he starts after the Edinburgh Fringe. Twenty-one-year-old Matt has already won national awards and performed all over the world. Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £8 and £7 available from box office 01844 217228 or online at www.thameplayers.co.uk


Noises Off

Today, Wednesday July 17 until Saturday 20: The West End multi-award winning smash hit is hailed as one of the greatest British comedies ever written. The backstage farce serves up a play within a play following the backstage antics of a touring theatre company. The cast includes Neil Pearson from Bridget Jones’ Diary and Drop the Dead Donkey. Evening and matinee performances, tickets from £18.50. Box office 01494 512000.


Quiz night

Friday July 19 and Saturday 20: Crebe Canal Cruises from Pitstone Wharf, Cheddington Road, Pitstone. Two hour lunch and dinner cruises, dress code smart casual, bar opens half an hour before sailing. Friday with fish and chip lunch and a pudding departs 12.30pm and costs £22 for adults, £20 for seniors. Saturday with three course dinner departs 8pm and costs £35 per person.To book call 01296 661920 and further details on www.grebecanalcruises.co.uk


Family camping

Saturday July 20: Camp overnight in the woods of this beautiful and historic National Trust property. With special nature activities under the stars. Adults £27, children £17. Advance booking required, telephone 0844 249 1895.



Thursday July 18 until Saturday 20: Pegasus Youth Theatre groups have taken the theme food, poverty and justice for the summer showcase Jamboree: A Hungry Heart. A hungry heart can make people want to see everything, know everything, read everything, go everywhere. It can make them want to change what’s wrong in the world, to make their mark on the world. What causes ‘a hungry heart’ and what drives people to action. Evening performances start at 6.30pm, the Saturday matinee is at 1.30pm. Tickets £7, concessions £5, U18 £4. Box office 01865 812150.